8 reasons why the garden is good for you
1 A HEALING VIEW
Just looking at nature can be hugely beneficial. Did you know that hospital patients who could view the outdoors through a window recovered from surgery faster than those who did not? Just think of the health benefits of surrounding yourself, and your family, with nature.
2 A CURE FOR THE MIND
Research shows that those who engage in gardening activities may demonstrate improved confidence and social skills. Contact with nature has also been shown to markedly reduce stress and improve sleep - reducing the reliance on medication.
3 PLANT LIFE
Being exposed to plants decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, decreases resting heart rate and also decreases blood pressure. It's nature's "natural" remedy.
4 GARDEN GYM!
Studies have found that, exercising in natural environments is connected to greater feelings of revitalisation and positive engagement and increased energy. It has also been found that the mental health boost from outdoor exercise was twice that of indoor exercise. So put away the treadmill and get out into the fresh air! Furthermore, studies measuring the impact of green exercise on self-esteem and mood indicated that large benefits could be achieved with very little time investment - the largest gains were observed within the first five minutes of activity.
5 NATURAL GIFTS
Research shows the importance of nature in a child's healthy development. It has been found that an exposure to nature is especially important for developing the capacities of a child's creativity, problem solving skills, and emotional and intellectual development. All-in-all, it is the one great natural school.
6 ATTENTION SPAN
It has also been found that exposure to a green area, (such as a garden), through after-school and weekend activities is effective in reducing attention deficit symptoms in children - a huge and growing problem in Ireland.
7 CHILD'S PLAY
Obesity is on the rise in our country. One way to combat it is to allow children plenty of outdoor playtime. This gives children the opportunity to run, jump and climb all of which provide aerobic exercise and strength training. And the good news is that recent research has shown that children who spent more time involved in exercise outdoors decreased their risk for obesity and other weight-related health issues.
8 WALK ON THE WILD-SIDE!
A study of participants suffering depression showed marked improvement in mood following a 50-minute nature walk versus a 50-minute walk in an urban setting. Plus walking in nature as opposed to an urban setting reduced anger and reduced blood pressure.